Analysis Of The Book ' Harrison Bergeron '

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Many people prefer short stories to novels because short stories must immediately capture the readers’ attention and pull them into the story. Often the author resolves the conflict in a way that leaves the ending open for interpretation by the reader, thus personalizing the experience. As shown in The Top 20 Literary Quotes About Short Stories, author Lorrie Moore aptly remarked, “A short story is a love affair, a novel is a marriage. A short story is a photograph, a novel is a film.” In the present day world, it has become common for people to strive for equality; however, this could be harmful if taken too far. There would be nothing to make anyone unique, dulling the world of all its wonder. In “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut, the year is 2081, and everyone has been physically altered so all people possess equal abilities. The line, "all this equality was due to the 211th, 212th, and 213th amendments to the constitution," tells the reader that government brought on the equality. Some people are forced to wear weights to tame their physical strength, masks to hide their beauty, and even ear devices to distract them from meaningful thought. The everlasting theme of the story is equality and control. If an outside force capable of controlling citizens’ thoughts, looks, and actions removed all autonomy, all that would remain would be the shells of those individualized people.
Equality may be a necessity in some constitutional ways, but can eventually cause loss…
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